Valtteri Bottas believes he is ready for a race seat at Williams for 2013
Williams protégé Valtteri Bottas hopes he has done enough to convince Williams to promote him to a race seat for 2013.
Last Updated: 06/12/12 2:55pm
The 23-year-old Finn is believed to be in the frame for one of the two race seats at the Grove-based team for next season after impressing in the role of test and Friday driver this year.
Bottas, who has taken over Bruno Senna's car in 11 of the 15 first practice sessions so far in 2012, admits it is his goal to make the full step up to the top level in the New Year but that at the moment it remains a waiting game.
Asked by Sky Sports News' Rachel Brookes what his hopes for next season are, the Finn replied: "I hope it's definitely to get the race seat.
"I think I've shown my speed and I really, really hope I can get it. Who wouldn't like to race? Williams would of course be [the] ideal place to stay but it's up to the team to decide and we don't know yet when that's going to happen.
"We will just have to wait and see and I need to try and do my best."
The current restrictions placed on F1 testing mean rising stars such as Bottas have few opportunities to complete sustained mileage before making their race debuts in the World Championship.
He admits this is a handicap for the current generation of emerging stars but nonetheless is confident the experience he has gained already puts him in good stead for when the call comes.
"I feel I'm ready to get my first race. It's definitely nowadays for a young driver really, really difficult because there's not much driving like the old days [when] you could test a lot," Bottas said.
"Now it's really limited and you really need to make most out of it every time you are in the car.
"So it's not easy but I would go for the race if I could get a chance."